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iPhone 11 Pro found collecting location data even when it shouldn't; Apple responds

Apple's latest iPhone 11 Pro phone is still intermittently collecting location information even when the user has not allowed it.

  • Published: December 5, 2019 9:33 AM IST
Apple iPhone 11 Pro

For years, Apple has been sending a strong message to its customers that privacy and security are its top priorities. Well, it seems that data on iOS devices may not be quite as private as it looks like. A security researcher has discovered that Apple’s latest iPhone 11 Pro phone is still intermittently collecting location data even when the user has not allowed it. Also Read - Apple's 2020 iPhones might use ultrasonic fingerprint sensor made by Qualcomm

Apple’s privacy policy for the iPhone’s Locations Services says the iPhone “will periodically send the geo-tagged locations of nearby Wi-Fi hotspots and cell towers (where supported by a device) in an anonymous and encrypted form to Apple, to be used for augmenting this crowd-sourced database of Wi-Fi hotspot and cell tower locations.” Also Read - London man orders Apple Watch and Amazon delivers him $5 plunger

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As per the policy, iPhone users can block all location services completely with just one swipe, Krebsonsecurity reported. You just need to head over to the Settings > Privacy > Location Services, and then switch the “Location Services” to “off.” You will have to individually toggle off every single app. After blocking this, the location services indicator will no longer appear unless “Location Services” is unblocked. Also Read - Apple to unveil 12.9-inch iPad Pro and 16-inch MacBook Pro with mini LED technology next year: Ming-Chi Kuo

Commenting on this issue, Apple said there are some system services where iPhone users don’t get an option of whether or not data is collected. “We do not see any actual security implications,” an Apple engineer wrote in a response to KrebsOnSecurity.

“It is expected behavior that the Location Services icon appears in the status bar when Location Services is enabled. The icon appears for system services that do not have a switch in Settings.” As the report suggests, this does seem to contradict the Cupertino giant’s claim that iPhone users get granular control over sharing their location.

Features Apple iPhone 11 Pro
Price 99900
Chipset A13 Bionic chipset
OS iOS 13
Display OLED-5.8-inch Super Retina XDR
Internal Memory 128GB storage
Rear Camera Triple – 12MP + 12MP + 12MP
Front Camera 12MP
Battery
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  • Published Date: December 5, 2019 9:33 AM IST


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